National Basketball Association fines Lakers $500000 for tampering with Paul George

by Steven Clarke September 3, 2017, 1:11
National Basketball Association fines Lakers $500000 for tampering with Paul George

Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania was the first to report the news. With Earvin "Magic" Johnson's now infamous winking on Jimmy Kimmel Live when discussing George and the NBA's tampering rule, not fining the Lakers would have been tough to justify. That meant after this upcoming season, George would go elsewhere.

How did we get here?

An investigation was conducted by an independent law firm, after the Pacers filed tampering charges.

Publicly and privately this spring, the Los Angeles Lakers made clear their interest in Paul George.

Investigators found the communications "constituted a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract".

The NBA added "the investigation did not reveal evidence of an agreement or understanding that the Lakers would sign or acquire Mr. George". George can not be a free agent until next summer and informed IN he would not be returning.

Paul George was traded by the Pacers to the Thunder this summer.

The Pacers requested an National Basketball Association tampering investigation two weeks ago after reports surfaced about "illegal" contact between George's camp and Pelinka.

That was enough to land the franchise in hot water for violating the NBA's anti-tampering rules. Although, the Pacers did win this battle of a big market team versus a small market team. Under-the-table contact like this makes a hard situation for small-market franchises even tougher. It has been well known that they have been coveting the chance to acquire George, who is a local kid from Palmdale, a city in the center of northern Los Angeles County.

Lakers outside counsel Adam Streisand said, "The Lakers organization is pleased that this thorough investigation has been brought to a close - and we can assure the fans that the Lakers will be hyper-vigilant going forward to make sure this is never an issue again".

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